Benjamin Waxman, an attorney who worked with the ACLU and negotiated the original 1998 settlement, said the recent agreement should give the city the ability to eliminate chronic homelessness.

The agreement “prevents a return to the failed policy of criminalizing homelessness that led to the widespread violation of people’s rights without even solving the core problem,” said Waxman.

Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida, said the agreement “preserves the core of the victory we won 15 years ago.”